There are different reasons to choose to have a rhinoplasty. Some patients decide to have it for cosmetic reasons, whilst others need the medical treatment to relieve their breathing abilities.
Whatever your motivations to have a nose reshaping surgery are, you should always make sure you are fully informed about the procedure and any possible comlications.
The surgery is performed under general anaesthesia and in the majority of the patients leave within a day.
Two approaches to Rhinoplasty – The Open & The Closed Technique
With this approach, the surgery is carried out by creating a small bridging incision on the Columella (the bridge connecting the nostrils). This allows the skin to be folded upward, thus achieving direct visibility of almost the entire nasal framework. This allows individual components to be evaluated in their natural, undisturbed alignment.
Surgeons opt for this approach if you wish to reshape your nose extensively and is usually applied for corrections to the tip of the nose or nostrils.
In the closed rhinoplasty technique, also called endonasal rhinoplasty, all of the surgical incisions are positioned inside the nostrils. No part of the incision can be seen externally and there is no visible scarring. However, because the right and left nostril incisions remain disconnected, repositioning of the nasal skin is difficult and the entire operation must be conducted through narrow surgical openings with limited visibility. This technique is sometimes preferable when the objective is to treat the nose bridge.
The decision on what is the best approach for your particular circumstances will be discussed extensively with Dr. Joffily during the consultation.
What to do after you have undergone a Rhinoplasty
After your procedure is completed, a splint or bandage will be placed on the outside to support and protect the new structures during initial healing.
You will be given specific instructions to follow during your recovery period. Medications are normally prescribed to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection. Dr. Joffily will advise on specific concerns to look out for and what to do if you notice any symptoms. Follow up appointments will be scheduled.
Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon specific questions about what you can expect during your individual recovery period.
Achieving a natural appearance
BEFORE & AFTER GALLERY
- Rhinoplasty on nose bridge: Bump on the nose smoother and less visible
- Rhinoplasty on female nose tip: The nose tip is less dropping
- Rhinoplasty on male nose tip: The nose tip has become less curved
The rhinoplasty process takes around 2 hours.
The technique is not painful; general anesthetic will numb the area before treatment starts and therefore the patient will not feel anything during their treatment. Some patients do experience bruising which will subside around 2 weeks after the procedure.
We advise taking 7 to 10 days off work following the treatment, and recommend to not wear glasses until 6 months afterwards. If necessary, then assure they are loose fitting or padding is used. You should also avoid makeup on the nose for at least 6 weeks and contact sport for 3 months.
A splint and bandage will be placed on the outside of nose for support and to protect new structures during initial healing. This will be present for 7 to 14 days and will need to be removed by surgeon. Medication is usually prescribed for aid healing and reducing the risk of infection.
The risks associated with nose reshaping are the same as with any other surgical procedure that involves a general anaesthetic.